SXSW 2012: The Boss Gives The Keynote Speech and Thursday’s Box Score

March 16, 2012

The first part of the day on Thursday was taken up by Bruce Springsteen’s nearly hour long keynote speech about music past, present and future.  Bruce was at times a professor, at times a musician and at times the guy down the block as he spoke for nearly an hour.  He tied how things happening in music affected him during his long career, and he gave some advice to musicians playing today.  If you can, put aside the time and view the speech here.

As for the rest of the day, it went like this:

Bands Comments
Carrie Rodriguez I saw half of Carrie’s set at Twangfest.  She played as a duo and by the time I got there she was playing newly written songs (co-writen with Chip Taylor) that will be on her next album.
John Doe John also played as a duo (with his back up singer).  He played for about 40 minutes and sang songs from all parts of his career.

Thursday night was taken up with the Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute produced by The Grammy Museum.  The artists taking part interpreted Woody’s songs.  The line up was:

Garland Jeffreys Ruthie Foster David Garza
Hobart Brothers & Li’l Sis (Freedy Johston
and Susan Cowsill without John Dee Graham
Carrie Rodriguez Ray Benson
Lila Downs Michael Fracasso The Mastersons
Colin Gilmore Joel Rafael Shannon McNally
Max Gomez Jimmy LaFave Arlo Guthrie

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